Crosswalks adorned by yellow rectangular rapid flashing beacon traffic control devices may soon be removed and replaced with red beacons instead. All of this a part of the Sophia Nelson Pedestrian Safety Act
, reflecting a young girl who crossed A1A in Satellite Beach last year after mindfully pushing a button to activate the “yellow warning lights,” only to be struck by an oncoming car that did not, in fact, slow down and look for pedestrians
. The family, understandably distraught, argued that drivers are never quite sure how to deal with a yellow light, but they never question the meaning of a red light.
These sentiments were similarly expressed by State Representative Randy Fine, the author of the bill in question.
Red means stop. Why do we need to tell people oh yellow means stop too? We already know what red means. There’s no need to educate. Let’s just use what works.
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